|Blue Hose Rally to Sweep Seahawks|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Presbyterian plated eight runs, including five in the top of the seventh inning, in its final two trips to the plate to rally from a three-run deficit and defeat UNCW, 9-5, in collegiate softball action Sunday at Boseman Field.
The victory gave the Blue Hose a sweep of the three-game series as they picked up their fourth straight victory and eighth win in their last nine outings to move to 14-9 on the season. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 12-13 on the campaign.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Trailing 4-1 in the top of the sixth, a bases-loaded double from Presbyterian freshman Abby Allen cleared the bases and knotted the game at 4-4.
The Blue Hose took control of the contest in the seventh; using a bases-loaded walk to Kirby Legacki and a grand slam from junior Shelby Petik to plate five runs and build a 9-4 cushion.
UNCW took advantage of back-to-back doubles by freshmen Claudia Spinelli and Nella Chamblee in the bottom of the seventh to cut the deficit to 9-5. The Seahawks had a chance to tie the game later in the frame as they brought the tying run to the plate with two outs, but sophomore Sydney Siegler retired the next batter she faced to end the contest.
Earlier in the ballgame, UNCW took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on squeeze play by freshman Lauren Moore and two-out single by freshman Merritt Wilkinson before adding an insurance run on a RBI single from sophomore Erin Brownin the third to make it 3-0.
The two teams traded runs in the fourth. Legacki hit a solo home run to right field in the top half of the inning to trim the Seahawks advantage to 3-1, only to see UNCW regain its three-run advantage with a sacrifice fly by senior Brittany Gamby and set up the Blue Hose late-inning heroics.
AT THE PLATE: Allen was 2-for-4 with three RBI while Legacki was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Petik was 1-for-4 with four runs batted in to lead the Presbyterian attack.
Four players – Chamblee, Spinelli, senior Casey Shue and junior Casey Rowland - all finished with two hits apiece for UNCW while five players drove in one run each.
IN THE CIRCLE: Siegler picked up the win for Presbyterian to move her record to 8-5 on the campaign. In two innings of relief work, Siegler allowed one run on three hits and one walk. She struck out four.
Rowland took the loss for the Seahawks as she fell to 6-5 on the campaign. In 6.1 innings in the circle, Rowland allowed eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and one walk. She struck out six.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE: The top three hitters in the Presbyterian lineup went 5-for-10 with six runs scored … UNCW’s 2-3-4-5 hitters were a combined 6-for-13 at the plate … The two teams combined to leave 13 runners on base (UNCW 10; PC 3) … The Blue Hose failed to put a leadoff hitter on base until the its final two trips to the plate … A total of 14 different players recorded a base hit in the contest.
NOTES: Presbyterian extends its lead in the all-time series against UNCW to 8-3 as it has now won four straight against the Seahawks … UNCW moved to 10-8 at home this season … The Seahawks also moved to 0-6 this season when allowing six or more runs in the contest … Freshman Merritt Wilkinson has now reached base safely in 16 straight contests … Sophomore Erin Brown extended her hitting streak to four games as she was 1-for-2 in the contest.